5 Strategies to Reduce Fleet Fuel Spend in 2019

16 Jan 2019

As 2018 comes to an end, fleet owners are looking for new tools and tactics to use to help reduce their costs in the coming year. These five strategies will help you reduce your fleet fuel spend in 2019 and beyond.

  1. Consider Greening Your Fleet

What this means is that as you choose new vehicles for your fleet, consider adding hybrid vehicles that operate more fuel efficiently or downsizing to smaller vehicles for your fleet that consume less fuel on a day-to-day basis. This will help you reduce the amount of fuel your fleet uses and may even help defray some of the costs associated with investing in new vehicles. Another way to green your fleet is to choose vehicles with alternative or bio-fuels. Not only are they better for your fuel economy, but they are also much better for the planet, too.

  1. Practice Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance keeps your fleet vehicles operating like finely tuned machines. This means the engines do not need to work as hard or burn as much fuel in order to function. It is a key factor in priming your vehicles for optimal fuel consumption and can save your fleet a ton of money in excess fuel and costly, preventable, repairs. Not to mention unnecessary vehicle downtime.

  1. Keep Your Tires in Great Shape

Your tires have a greater impact on fuel efficiency than you may be aware. In fact, keeping your tires properly inflated so they have the appropriate amount of tire pressure is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your fuel costs.  Even a small drop in tire pressure can have a large impact on the amount of fuel the vehicle burns. Multiply that cost with the number of vehicles in your fleet and its easy to see why your tires are so important.

  1. Reduce Idling

Idling is another surprising source of massive fuel expenditures for your fleet. Even as little as five to ten minutes per day of idling in traffic can have a huge impact on your costs. Multiply that by traffic jams, trains, and waiting for vehicles to be loaded or unloaded and it becomes easy to see how much time the average vehicle in your fleet may spend idling each day. Multiply that number by the number of vehicles in your fleet and the costs really add up.

  1. Invest in GPS Fleet Tracking

GPS fleet tracking is the one go-to tool that can help you manage a wide range of fuel-saving initiatives for your organization, including the above four. You can use GPS fleet tracking to do all the following, and more:

  • Plan more fuel-efficient routes.
  • Monitor driver idling times to encourage reductions.
  • Automate the process of scheduling routine maintenance through GPS fleet management.
  • Report on driving behaviors that waste fuel (speeding, hard braking, fast acceleration, etc.).

Combine all these steps for powerful fuel-saving concepts you can take with your organization throughout 2019 and beyond to save big on your fleet’s fuel costs.

If you’re looking to reduce your fuel spending in 2019, consider a GPS fleet tracking offered by LiveViewGPS. Browse through our GPS tracking products or give us a call at 1-888-544-0494.

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